Thursday, August 4, 2011

Make Personalized Covered Button Jewelry!

covered button jewelry tutorial

I think a handmade gift is so much more personal and special than something picked up at a store.

Here’s a handmade gift idea that is simple, easy and inexpensive to make, yet shows that you care.

And the best part – anyone can make these.

{Ella, my 6 year old, made some}

personalized covered button necklace in box

Personalized Covered Button Necklaces

personalized covered button necklace

I know I have an addiction to pretty fabric. I just can’t get enough of it. When I order it sometimes it sits there for weeks because I can’t bring myself to cut it. And I never want to throw away scraps of beautiful fabric. This project is perfect for those precious fabric scraps. All it takes is a few inches of fabric, a covered button kit, a shank and some E9000,  Mod Podge and Dimensional Magic (optional) plus about 10 minutes of your time!

Here’s a little Covered Button Tutorial – in case you’ve never made these before: 

covered button tutorial 1

1. Pick out the covered button size you want to make.

larger circle of fabric

2. Cut a circle about 1 inch larger than the metal button.

the fabric

3. Put the fabric on top of the flexible plastic mold, right side down.

4. Press the top of the button cover onto the fabric and into the flexible plastic mold.

put the back on it

5. the fabric will bunch up at the top once you press down. Fold the excess fabric into the center of the button and press the back of the button onto the button and press down until it snaps in place.

covered button tutorial

That’s it!

Now, to make it into a pendant – pull off the metal ring with pliers. Then put a dot of E9000 on the back of the button and press a jewelry shank onto it. Let dry.

personalized covered button pendant

covered button jewelry tutorial

To  make the personalized pendant, I found some alphabet fabric and then cut out a circle with the desired letter in the middle. I made the covered button and then covered the button with a layer of Mod Podge. Once that was dry, I filled in the letter with a colored Sharpie (permanent marker). Be sure to add the Mod Podge, or the Sharpie will bleed into the fabric. After that is done, I added a layer of Dimensional Magic over the top to seal it. But this is optional.

coverd button boxes

And I saw a fun idea in Martha Stewart. To package up this project, I made some covered buttons, and then threaded an elastic band through the back. Then you can wrap the rubber band around the gift box with the button on the top. It makes a cute alternative bow, PLUS the gift receiver gets a cute covered button pony tail holder to use too!! So fun!!

covered button hair bands

And of course, you can make plain Covered Button Necklaces too!

plain covered button pendant

ella wearing covered button necklace

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Have a wonderful day!!! 

PS -- I am linking my project up to these fun parties:

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